'The Battle to Save Worcester's Heritage'

Looking down Friar Street with Greyfriars on the left hand side

For the last 50 Years Greyfriars has been under the care of the National Trust, but its future was not always so secure. The middle of the 20th Century saw it at risk of demolition, along with many of Worcester's historic buildings. Join us in exploring the the story that follows the battle to save Greyfriars and Worcester's heritage, the people who secured its future and the hidden histories of a community lost from Friar Street.

Let’s Celebrate! This year marks the 50th year that Greyfriars House and Gardens has been under ownership of the National Trust. To celebrate, we want to take you on a journey to show the story of Greyfriars and its people over the last 50 years and the many changes which Worcester has seen over that time. During the middle of the 20th Century, the council ordered a redevelopment of the centre which saw the destruction of numerous medieval buildings. Greyfriars was set to be one of them. Luckily, with the help of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, and resident siblings; Elsie and Matley Moore, Greyfriars and its neighbouring historical buildings were saved from demolition. George’s Yard, a row of small terraced houses originally located at the back of Greyfriars was not so lucky. Unfortunately, unlike Greyfriars, no one fought to save them and the last residents said goodbye to this little community demolished in 1955. The Greyfriars garden replaced George’s yard, but remnants of the original houses can still be found through roof tiles as steps, brick features, raised beds, and a fireplace water feature.

What you can see…

Visit George’s Yard...

Experience the living conditions, both indoors and outdoors of the residents of George’s Yard. As a tribute to the residents, we have created an indoor setting with a view of where George’s Yard once stood, to demonstrate what life would have been like. Get to know the people, learn about their jobs, their past times, their stories. Find out what happened to Worcester’s hidden community.

Attend an Archaeology Lecture...

Experience one of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society’s infamous lectures. Often held in Greyfriars’ main hall, you will have the opportunity to attend a meeting and learn about the battle to save Worcester’s historic buildings.

Step Back in Time...

Learn about Worcester over the last fifty years. What happened to the original medieval buildings that filled the city’s streets? Learn how Elsie, Matley Moore and the Archaeological Society fought to save the historical buildings on Friar Street. Witness the changes seen in the city of Worcester over the past fifty years.